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Victor Negrescu: "Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will be a good opportunity to set up an elite body specialized in European affairs"

Type: 
Press release
Date: 
12/18/17

On Monday, 18 December 2017, the Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Victor Negrescu, chaired the fifth meeting of the Interministerial Council for the Preparation and Exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, reunited at Victoria Palace. During the meeting, the progress made during recent months was highlighted and the action lines necessary to carry out the tasks of organizing the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union were finalized.

"With the support of Prime Minister Mihai Tudose, organizing this important moment for our country's future path in the European Union has made significant progress on all its levels. The entire Government will continue to work at an intense pace also throughout 2018, when we will be entering the final phase of preparations, and all the resources available in the public, academic and association system will be involved in the process," said Victor Negrescu.

During the meeting, the Minister Delegate mentioned the successful conclusion of the first training program for civil servants in the central public administration with a view to exercising the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, carried out under the coordination of the European Institute of Romania. The program will continue also in the coming year, with the involvement of several actors.

"The completion of the pilot program for human resources training is a good opportunity to reiterate the need to increase administrative capacity in the field of European affairs, our objective being to build an elite body at the level of the central public administration, which we can benefit from also after the end of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union," said Victor Negrescu.

The Interministerial Council for the Preparation and Exercise of the Romanian Presidency at the Council of the European Union also decided to initiate a volunteer program at the level of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of the entire central public administration, depending on the needs identified at the level of each institution, in the context of Romania’s taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019. During the Victoria Palace meeting it was also decided that, the moment the internship legislative framework comes to force, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Unit for the Preparation of Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will launch an internship program aimed to support the process of preparing and exercising Romania’s mandate.

"We want the project of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU to have an impact at the level of the entire society, under the auspice of the common interest. It is therefore important to stimulate the social participation and civic involvement of all concerned citizens. Volunteers and trainees are an important resource for us, that can assist in organizing meetings and, why not, improving Romania's image," said Victor Negrescu.

A first version of the calendar of informal meetings hosted by Romania during the Presidency of the Council of the European Union was also approved. Technical meetings at the level of agency heads, directors and experts will be organized in Bucharest and other localities, with the objective of organizing events in the official calendar throughout the country. Other topics addressed were the submission of proposals for evaluation and modification of the legislative framework in force in the field of protocol and ceremonial activities, namely the involvement of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Culture and National Identity in seizing the opportunities to promote Romania in the context of preparing and exercising the Presidency.